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Subject: Wish me luck! "Coming out" event Date: 10/14/2002 3:15 PM
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Tomorrow I am have the honor of attending a breakfast with Dr. Michael Newdow, who sued and was able to get a court to decide that "under god" in the pledge was unconstitutional (but you all know who he is, of course).

After that I am going to the state courthouse in montgomery alabama to join a protest against the 10 Commandments display at the state supreme court. The protest is being held just before the suit against Judge Roy Moore, who placed them there in the first place.

Although it is not exactly a secret to those who know me that I'm an atheist, it's quite a different thing to appear in public. This event will likely generate some tv and paper press coverage. There is likely to be some backlash...especially from my girlfriend's parents who are true fundies, and happen to live in montgomery as well. It will definitely be interesting.

I'm a little nervous just typing this. It's not easy being an atheist in alabama, and although I've been here 7 years this is my first activist type activity. But with Judge Roy Moore wanting to make this a christian nation, and with prayer before all the football games (yes it still goes on dispite the past rulings against it) any visibility for atheists will be helpful to rally the few non-religious and religious-freedom people here in the state to make a stand against the christian right that has gripped this state.

You should see all of the political commercials here. EVERY CANDIDATE, no exageration, has an image of them attending church or praying with their family...Republicans and Democrats. Sigh.

I'll let you all know how it goes!
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